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Faculty

Stacy Farina

Assistant Professor

  • Biology
  • College of Arts & Sciences

Biography

Office Location: Just Hall Room 332Office Telephone: (202) 806-6926Laboratory Location: Just Hall Room 326Laboratory Location: (202) 250-5308Laboratory Website: http://www.stacyfarina.com/Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=2sdrtaMAAAAJ&hl=enResearch Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Stacy_Farina2 

Education & Expertise

Education

Biology (Concentration: Marine and Freshwater Biology)

B.S.
University of New Hampshire
2010

Evolutionary Biology

Ph.D.
Cornell University
2015

Expertise

Functional Morphology

Evolutionary Morphology

Biomechanics

Ichthyology

Academics

Academics

Comparative Anatomy (BIOL252)

Research

Research

Funding

NSF REU Site 1852096 (2019-2022) [Co-PI]NSF PRFB DBI-1523836 (2015-2017) [PI]NSF DDIG DEB-1310812 (2013-2015) [PI]

Group Information

Research Detailed:How does evolution shape bones and muscles that are used across multiple biomechanical systems? This question has inspired my interest in fish gill ventilation and gill chambers. Gill ventilatory pumping in fishes requires the use of more than 20 individual bones and 8 distinct muscles, most of which are also used in suction feeding, coughing, burial, jet propulsion, and other behaviors. This makes fish gill chambers highly multifunctional. Multifunctionality is thought to constrain morphological evolution, but the multifunctionality of gill chambers does not appear to have limited fish skull diversity. How is this possible? In the Farina Lab, we integrate a number of approaches to address this and other questions, including 3D anatomical visualizations using micro-CT, physical and computational modeling, phylogenetic comparative methods, and physiological laboratory and field experiments. The Farina Lab offers diverse and cutting-edge training opportunities for graduate and undergraduate researchers.Laboratory Personnel:Jaida Elcock - Laboratory TechnicianKyra Amacker - Undergraduate ResearcherPatricia Mensah - Undergraduate ResearcherJoshua West - Undergraduate ResearcherDarius Carter - Undergraduate ResearcherAshton Gabriel - Undergraduate ResearcherSierra Reese - Undergraduate ResearcherKela Bakari - Undergraduate ResearcherJamaica Simmons - Undergraduate ResearcherMalik Chennault - Undergraduate ResearcherSydney Stevens - Undergraduate ResearcherSierra Reese - Undergraduate ResearcherMemberships and Professional AppointmentsSociety for Integrative and Comparative Biology (2009-Present)American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (2010-Present)Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society (2012-Present) 

Related Articles

Functional coupling in the evolution of suction feeding and gill ventilation of sculpins

Farina, SC, ML Knope, KA Corn, AP Summers, WE Bemis. 2019. Functional coupling in the evolution of suction feeding and gill ventilation of sculpins (Perciformes: Cottoidei). Integrative and Comparative Biology DOI: 10.1093/icb/icz022. 

Pharyngeal jaws converge by similar means, not to similar ends, when minnows

Pos, KM, SC Farina, MA Kolmann, NJ Gidmark. 2019. Pharyngeal jaws converge by similar means, not to similar ends, when minnows (Cypriniformes: Leuciscidae) adapt to new dietary niches. Integrative and Comparative Biology DOI: 10.1093/icb/icz090.

Enormous gill chambers of deep‐sea coffinfishes (Lophiiformes: Chaunacidae) support unique ventilatory...

Long NP, SC Farina. 2019. Enormous gill chambers of deep‐sea coffinfishes (Lophiiformes: Chaunacidae) support unique ventilatory specialisations such as breath holding and extreme inflation. Journal of Fish Biology DOI: 10.1111/jfb.14003

Evolution of skeletal and muscular morphology within the functionally integrated lower jaw adduction system of sculpins and relatives

Roberts, AS, SC Farina, RR Goforth, NJ Gidmark. 2018. Evolution of skeletal and muscular morphology within the functionally integrated lower jaw adduction system of sculpins and relatives (Cottoidei). Zoology. 129:59-65.

Effects of organism and substrate size on burial mechanics of English sole, Parophrys vetulus.

Corn, KA, SC Farina, AP Summers, AC Gibb. 2018. Effects of organism and substrate size on burial mechanics of English sole, Parophrys vetulus. Journal of Experimental Biology. doi: 10.1242/jeb.176131

A walking behavior generates functional overland movements in the tidepool sculpin, Oligocottus maculosus

Bressman, NR, AC Gibb, SC Farina. 2018. A walking behavior generates functional overland movements in the tidepool sculpin, Oligocottus maculosus. Zoology 131:20-28.  

Functional morphology of gill ventilation in the Goosefish, Lophius americanus (Lophiiformes: Lophiidae)

Farina, SC, WE Bemis. 2016. Functional morphology of gill ventilation in the Goosefish, Lophius americanus (Lophiiformes: Lophiidae). Zoology 119:207-215 doi: 10.1016/j.zool.2016.01.006

Look before you leap: Visual navigation and terrestrial locomotion of the intertidal killifish Fundulus heteroclitus

Bressman, NR, SC Farina, AC Gibb. 2016. Look before you leap: Visual navigation and terrestrial locomotion of the intertidal killifish Fundulus heteroclitus. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology 325:57-64 doi: 10.1002/jez.1996

Modelling tooth-prey interactions in sharks - the importance of dynamic testing.

Corn, KA, SC Farina, J Brash, AP Summers. 2016. Modelling tooth-prey interactions in sharks - the importance of dynamic testing. Royal Society Open Science 3:160141. (Cover) doi: 10.1098/rsos.160141 

Evolution of the branchiostegal membrane and restricted gill openings in actinopterygian fishes

Farina, SC, WE Bemis, TJ Near. 2015. Evolution of the branchiostegal membrane and restricted gill openings in actinopterygian fishes. Journal of Morphology 276:681-694 doi: 10.1002/jmor.20371 

Aquatic burst locomotion by hydroplaning and paddling in common eiders (Somateria mollissima

Gough, WT, SC Farina, FE Fish. 2015. Aquatic burst locomotion by hydroplaning and paddling in common eiders (Somateria mollissima). Journal of Experimental Biology 218:1632-1638 doi: 10.1242/jeb.114140